Lewis Hamilton snatched pole position off Valtteri Bottas in a typically frenetic Monaco GP qualifying, as Mercedes held Red Bull at bay while Ferrari struggled.
Bottas looked set for a first Monte Carlo pole before Hamilton stole top spot with a 1:10.166 on his final Q3 lap, finishing 0.086s ahead of his team-mate on one of the most crucial Saturdays of the season.
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“He has absolutely magically pulled that pole position out of the bag,” said Sky F1’s Martin Brundle about Hamilton, who was clearly emotional after his record-breaking lap around F1’s famous streets.